Welcome to National Union of Somali Journalists
freedom and safety of journalists in Somalia have come under heavy
siege since December 2006 as the war has escalated in Southern and
central Somalia. Press freedom violations soared in Somalia with six
journalists killed so far this year.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has been urging the
Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and other warring sides to stop
infringing journalists’ rights and to respect the fundamental principles
of freedom of press.
NUSOJ has been addressing aggressively the press freedom situation,
safety of journalists and pervasive culture of impunity in which crimes
against journalists are committed. The union provided safety to 74
journalists in order to operate the safely in Somalia’s hostile
Mogadishu has experienced the worst press freedom violations, with
journalists being arrested and even murdered in broad daylight, often
without explanation. Somali journalists have been resorting to
self-censorship to protect themselves.
The TFG, the regime in Somaliland, authorities in Puntland and armed
groups have all perpetrated gruesome violations of media freedom. These
predators often accuse journalists and media outlets of producing
biased, slanderous and inflammatory reports and of deliberately stirring
Violence against journalists is now routine in Somalia with no predator
punished for any crime against journalists and this impunity is the main
enemy of press freedom in Somalia.
Press freedom is also under attack from political authorities who keep
critical journalists and independent media under constant pressure.